2017

Child Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor uses a variety of measures to paint a picture of how kiwi children are doing. The income poverty measure shows how many children are living in low income households, material hardship measures tell us how many children are missing out on essentials and severe poverty shows how many children are living in households with both low income and material hardship. 

When a child grows up in material hardship they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They might be living in a cold, damp, over-crowded house, they may not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes may be worn, and on many days they may go hungry or go without nutritious food.

Many more don’t get to go to the doctor when they are sick because they can’t afford the costs of the appointment and the medicine. Others stay home from school because they don’t have all the uniform or lunch to take. Living in hardship can also cause lasting damage. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job and having poor health. 

Many children living in low income households in New Zealand are also missing out. Low incomes can prevent children from experiencing a childhood full of the opportunities that we consider part of a kiwi experience. 

Every year the Child Poverty Monitor will track progress on improving things for kiwi kids.

The Child Poverty Monitor uses data from Otago University to show how many children are in different types of poverty. This data is based on official government reporting, including the Ministry of Social Development’s Household Incomes report and the Non-Income Measures report.

To find out more about child poverty, you can read the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action.

About the Project

The Annual Child Poverty Monitor is a partnership project between the Children’s Commissioner, the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University.

In 2012 the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty put forward 78 recommendations on a range of ways to address child poverty.

One of those recommendations was around the need to measure and report on child poverty rates annually. We believe this is a vital step in reducing child poverty in New Zealand and that is why this project was born.

Each year we will report on a suite of measures of child poverty to paint a picture on how children in New Zealand are faring. We also include information on child poverty-related indicators from health, housing and education. 

The measures of child poverty we are reporting on come from a solid base of research and data already collected here in New Zealand.

Resources


These infographics are from the 2017 Child Poverty Monitor and based on the latest available data. The thumbnails are in two formats, suitable for print and web.

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The source of all data on this site is available in the Child Poverty Monitor: Technical Report, produced by Otago University.

To find out more about child poverty, you can read the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action.